Can’t draw? Neither can I! So I frequently use shape tools built into the Artistic Digitizer program to create designs for embroidery. These shapes can stay as they are or can be edited/skewed to create a new shape. This is the easiest way to create my own shapes that are specific to what I require for an embroidery.
Open your Artistitc Digitizer program and create a new workspace. On the left side of the screen you will see the shapes tool. Move the cursor over the shapes tool to see the fly out menu to see all the different shapes. All of these can be easily edited to create unique designs.
Start by selecting the trapezoid shape tool. Move the cursor to the workspace and click/hold/drag/release the mouse to place the shape on the worktable.
With the selection tool, click on the shape to select it. Use the paint fill tool and the outline edge tool to color your design.
Use this simple shape and repeat it several times to make a stylized tree design. While the design is selected, click on the word ‘duplicate’ in the properties box at the top of the screen.
Duplicate this several times and move each segment to a new position to create the overall shape of a tree. Color each of the elements any color you wish to use.
Click on the edit nodes tool on the left side of the screen. Click on each shape of the trapezoid to select it with the edit tool and then drag the nodes to a new position to create a different shape.
Click on any shape with the selection tool and then set the fill and edge stitch properties in the properties box at the right. Experiment with the various stitch types in the drop down menu.
Be as creative as you can by applying different properties and editing the shapes until you are happy with the results.
Be sure to watch the built in videos in the Artistic Digitizer program on the opening screen to see how each of the shape tools can be edited for your use in creating free form designs.
ARTISTIC DIGITIZER MAKES CREATING UNIQUE DESIGNS FUN FOR EVERYONE. EVEN A CHILD COULD CREATE THIS SIMPLE DESIGN. PLAY WITH SHAPES AND HAVE FUN.
This post is a republish of one written by former Janome Canada, Yvonne Menear. Thanks, Yvonne! Ed.